Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pet Lovers: Angel in the Postal Service

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced.
I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind soul
working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month.
The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was
crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.
She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when
Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.
I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday
and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy
that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and
to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her
you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith
and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it.
Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope
because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the
way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at
the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter
yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front
porch addressed, "To Meredith" in an unfamiliar hand.
Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called,
"When a Pet Dies." Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we
had written to God in its opened envelope.

On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith
and this note:
Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help.
I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her
spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey
loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven,
I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am
sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and
have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the
beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you
write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother
you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my
blessings every day and remember that I love you very
much. y the way, I am wherever there is love.
Thank you to Lynn for sharing this!

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